Useful materials

To promote certification at events or fairs, it is possible to create this simple expositor to place on counters, desks or other supports.

To promote the certification in your company headquarters, store or field, we recommend some sign that you can use.

Discover more

The research, published in 2023, analyzes the Anthropocene: a term that indicates a new era characterized by the strong influence of man in biological, chemical and geological processes on the planet. The analysis focuses on environmental law and the issues related to it, focusing on the rights of non-humans. The research mentions the Biodiversity Friend Protocol compared with the European certification of organic agriculture: two regulatory texts that aim to mobilize and qualify non-human actors in the field of agricultural work through imaginaries of different “natures”. The document highlights how Biodiversity friend offers an image of the farm as a place of articulation of productivity and unproductivity, taking care to build not only a production program but also a diversification program, leaving space for organisms and biodiversity reproduction activities.

Discover more

In the context of a loss of trust in food production and distribution chains, made opaque by the growing complexity of the market, consumers are directing their preferences towards products whose “naturalness” is attested by certifications. This article explores the renaturalisation strategies of European organic farming legislation and the more recent Biodiversity Friend sustainability scheme. Research shows how certification schemes consider the contribution of human and non-human actors (technical objects, materials, animal species) differently. Each of the certifications moves the boundary between nature and culture, leading to confirm or question the semantic structure of naturalistic cosmology.

Discover more

The article, published in 2023, analyzes the role of horizontal governance as a driver that supports environmental improvement processes for companies. In particular, environmental improvement in Italian wine value chains is examined focusing on the Prosecco and Valpolicella districts. The analysis identifies four main trajectories of environmental improvement for companies: through certification, returning to tradition, through technological innovation and/or as an articulation of local policy. Among the sustainability certifications is considered the Biodiversity Friend standard, useful tool for companies to reduce their environmental impacts, not only for wine but also other agri-food products.

Discover more

The University of Verona conducted research on nutritional knowledge and attention to health as determining factors in consumers’ choice to purchase wine. Wine is one of the few food products not subject to mandatory nutritional labelling, except for alcohol content. As such, health-related characteristics might be inferred by attributes related to production methods and alcohol content. The research investigates the information reported on the label and consumer preferences for information related to “naturalness”. The research takes into consideration various sustainability certification attributes, such as the Biodiversity Friend brand, the Organic Certification brand and the “Demeter®” brand.

Discover more

The article focuses on the guidelines for food production provided by two sustainability protocols: the European Union (EU) Organic certification and the Biodiversity Friend certification. Drawing upon recent developments in the study of «technologies of law», this articles seeks to examine the role and the meaning of technology in the expanding sector of sustainable standards in food production. Both certifications pursue the value of sustainability but are based on different concepts of nature, culture, technology, resources, and organization of agricultural spaces. Biodiversity Friend is described as a promoter of a sustainability model in which man and nature are not in competition but in cooperation.

Discover more

In 2019, the European Commission commissioned IPSOS Consortium to carry out market research relating to the evaluation of alternatives in communicating the Product Environmental Footprint to consumers. The main objective of the study was to identify the most effective ways to communicate the PEF (Product Environmental Footprint) to consumers; the survey took into consideration various products, also evaluating the interaction with other brands linked to environmental sustainability. As regards the wine product, the brands considered are: Organic Agriculture and Biodiversity Friend®. In summary, the study highlights that the combination of the Biodiversity Friend® brand with the PEF label on the wine product increases consumers’ perception of being well informed and less confused.

Discover more

“Certificare per competere” is a report created in 2016 by the Symbola Foundation and Cloros with the aim of providing consumers and businesses with useful tools to navigate the vast world of environmental certifications. This research takes into consideration various environmental sustainability brands and certifications, bringing to light the solid correlation that exists between these certifications and the competitiveness of the companies that adopt them. The survey took into consideration the four traditional Made in Italy sectors: Automation, Clothing, Home Furnishings and Food, in order to compare the performance of certified companies with non-certified ones. Among the certifications in the agri-food sector is considered the Biodiversity Friend protocol for the protection of biodiversity in agriculture.

Discover more

The article published in 2015,compares two biological indices based on pedofauna communities: the older QBS-ar and the more recent IBS-bf, in order to understand whether the responses of the two different indices on the evaluation of conditions and soil quality were comparable. The results show differences in the values detected between organic management, conventional management and control areas (grasslands and brushwood) for both indices, with higher values in uncultivated areas, intermediate values in organic management and lower values in conventional management. Furthermore, both indices show a similar trend, confirming that soil fauna is a valid tool for evaluating its biological quality.

Discover more

The Biodiversity Indices of the Biodiversity Friend® standard are useful for evaluating the impacts of human activities on air, water and soil. In fact, some organisms, defined as biological indicators, are particularly suitable for detecting more or less serious alterations of the environment in which they live. The article published in the scientific journal “Biodiversity Journal” in 2014 illustrates the procedures through which environmental quality is assessed in the BF Protocol. In particular, the sampling and evaluation methods of the three Biodiversity Indices are presented: the Lichen Biodiversity Index (LBI-bf), the Aquatic Biodiversity Index (ABI-bf) and the Soil Biodiversity Index (SBI-bf).

 

Note: From 2014 to the present, the Biodiversity Friend protocol and the Biodiversity Indices have undergone several revisions in order to update and refine the evaluation checklist.

Discover more

The article, published in 2011, presents the history and principles that led to the birth of the Biodiversity Friend certification. After a short introduction on the importance of protecting biodiversity, the Biodiversity Friend Protocol is presented through a description of the evaluation elements and objectives of the standard. The article also includes the specification sheet originally designed for the certification “Biodiversity Friend”.

 

Note: From 2011 to the present, the Biodiversity Friend protocol has undergone several revisions in order to update and refine the evaluation checklist.

Discover more

In 2022 the European Federation of Origin Wines (EFOW) commissioned Arcadia International to carry out a study on the progress of sustainability initiatives for wine denominations. The study was conducted in the five main wine-producing countries in Europe: France, Germany, Italy, Spain and Portugal. Among the sustainability initiatives that the members of more than one PDO wine group in Italy have joined, the Biodiversity Friend® Protocol is named as a certification program for the protection of biodiversity and environmental, social and economic sustainability.

Discover more

The Report is the summary of the activity and the organizational proposal of the Forum for the Environmental Sustainability of Wine. The study, focused on promoting the environmental sustainability of wine as an essential element of the qualitative excellence and competitiveness of Italian production on the markets, involved over 1000 wine companies and 15 national programs for the sustainable development of wine. Among the 15 programs the Biodiversity Friend Certification is considered.

Discover more

This volume investigates and documents the complex interactions between small family farms and MaB Reserves in Cuba, examining how companies use biodiversity, knowledge and agroecological techniques to support natural and agricultural landscapes. Chapter 9 “Measuring farm environmental sustainability in the Sierra del Rosario Biosphere Reserve” reports the data and considerations obtained from the research study conducted in 24 companies in which the Biodiversity Friend Protocol and the Soil Biodiversity Index were used to evaluate the impact of agriculture on biodiversity. The applied methodology made it possible to identify with farmers the strengths and weaknesses in management practices, providing indications to improve and promote the sustainability and conservation of biodiversity. Discover the volume.

Discover more

Measuring the nutritional quality of fruit and vegetables and characterizing the cultivation environment of Veneto are the objectives in which the Veneto Region has chosen to invest by promoting the project “Qualitative characterization of the main fruit and vegetable products of Veneto and their production environment”. Considering that among the qualifying elements of fruit and vegetable products, the cultivation environment plays an important role, the project took into consideration the environmental impacts of agricultural activities on agroecosystems and biodiversity. These impacts were assessed by applying the Biodiversity Friend certification protocol and in particular through the Biodiversity Indexes of Soil, Water and Air applied in 175 fruit and vegetable companies. The results demonstrate how the use of “good agronomic practices”contributes to maintaining the biodiversity of agroecosystems, also improving the quality of the environment.

Discover more

The main objective of the BIOFUTURE project was to enhance some fruit and vegetable production in the Veneto area through the identification of crop management techniques capable of ensuring the maintenance or increase of biodiversity. In the Project, low environmental impact agronomic practices were proposed and applied in order to protect the environment and provide a quality product, protecting the health of the farmer and the consumer. For the conservation of biodiversity, surveys of the Biodiversity Indexes of the Biodiversity Friend Protocol relating to soil, water and air were carried out; this made it possible to provide an ecological and landscape analysis of the territories useful for increasing productive agronomic techniques, respectful of the natural fertility of the soil and biodiversity.

In 2010 Biodiversity Friend obtained the patronage of the Ministry of Agricultural, Food and Forestry Policies.

In 2012, the European Commission evaluated the Biodiversity Friend Protocol within the European Business & Biodiversity Platform: a platform set up by the EU to work with businesses and help them measure and integrate the value of biodiversity into business decision making.

San Michele all’Adige Declaration is a document drawn up and signed by exponents of scientific research and prominent people in the world of beekeeping and environmentalism. The document aims to make political administrations aware of the urgency of granting correct wildlife protection to the honey bee (Apis mellifera Linnaeus, 1758) and, in particular, to its native subspecies.